The Green School / PT Bambu


Architects: PT Bambu
Location: Badung, Bali,
Client: Yayasan Kul Kul
Project Area: 7,542 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: PT Bambu, Ahkamul Hakim

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© PT Bambu

Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely bamboo. They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.

© PT Bambu
© Ahkamul Hakim

The Green School, a giant laboratory built by PT Bambu, is located on a sustainable campus straddling both sides of the Ayung River in Sibang Kaja, Bali, within a lush jungle with native plants and trees growing alongside sustainable organic gardens. The campus is powered by a number of alternative energy sources, including a bamboo sawdust hot water and cooking system, a hydro-powered vortex generator and solar panels. Campus buildings include classrooms, gym, assembly spaces, faculty housing, offices, cafes and bathrooms. A range of architecturally significant spaces from large multi-storey communal gathering places to much smaller classrooms are a feature of the campus. Local bamboo, grown using sustainable methods, is used in innovative and experimental ways that demonstrate its architectural possibilities. The result is a holistic green community with a strong educational mandate that seeks to inspire students to be more curious, more engaged and more passionate about the environment and the planet.

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Cite: "The Green School / PT Bambu" 13 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    Even it looks like only a big umbrella but still piece of work. Very creative. I really love it.

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    indonesia is rich country with a lot variety of culture so that the architecture. hope archdaily give more review about indonesian architecture.

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    But this isn’t a new project? I did a case study on the roof of this building about a year ago.

    Fitting that the architects are named ‘bambu’

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    i really like this one but i am not so sure how they manage to educate youngs when they seem to be quite isolated to other world

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    very innovative! though it holds a very simple idea..but they used their resources in a smart way…and as they mentioned its inspiring to the students to be more engaged and passionate about the environment

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    Innovative! they have used local material which is bamboo and built the whole building! how creative! i think that the aim is also they have mentioned earlier that students get more engaged and passionate about the planet and the environment!

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    In terms of design and shape, that definitely looks more “green” than most buildings we see nowadays, but I’m not sure weather it would work as a school with the tropical rainy weather of Indonesia,how are they going to stay dry if wind and rain come along together?!

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    it’s very nice and creative,and it’s a green and sustainable design, that encourage others to think more sustainable. Also, it makes the student more interact with nature.

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    It’s a serious piece of good Architecture at several levels;
    At a sustainable level cuz it uses local materials and respects nature around, very organic.
    But the thing that I like most is the way the bambu was used to work as a structure, using the “metaphore of the tree” which is a Gothic feature, like Gaudí did in some of his works.
    I don’t know if PT Bambu did it on purpose.
    Anyway, congratulations.
    Nice job!

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